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Plunging Attacks are performed by pressing the Normal Attack button while airborne. A standard jump on a generally flat surface does not usually give enough altitude to perform a plunging attack, so additional height is needed to achieve this.

Plunging Height

Certain characters' Elemental Skills or Elemental Bursts can give players the height needed to perform plunging attacks. Note that heights are approximate and are measured in meters. Jump heights are measured from the ground to the character's feet when at max height.

Height-Increasing Abilities
Character Ability Height
Xiao Bane of All Evil ~5–6 m
Kazuha Chihayaburu ~5 m (hold)
4 m (double-jump)
3 m (single-jump tap)
Albedo platform from Solar Isotoma 4–5 m
Geo Traveler Geo Construct from Starfell Sword 2–3 m
Venti air current from Skyward Sonnet 5–6 m
Zhongli Geo Construct from Dominus Lapidis 4–5 m
Geo/Cryo Samachurl pillar 2–3 m (similar height to Geo Traveler's rock)
Normal character jump ~1 m
Shikifuda: Seal of Cataclysmic Wind Gives around same jump height as Xiao's Bane of Evil (~5–6 m); does not stack with Xiao's jump boost (it will not make Xiao jump even higher during burst).

Characters do not need stamina to perform a plunging attack while in the air, so this can potentially save the character from Fall Damage because plunging attacks limit the amount of health that can be lost (compared to falling without plunging). For example, suppose the character runs out of stamina while gliding. In that case, the character can perform a plunging attack before hitting the ground to avoid or reduce fall damage, depending on the altitude. Note that Xiao's Plunging Attack will always nullify fall damage regardless the height.

Still, characters cannot perform plunging attacks if they transition to a free fall by running out of stamina while climbing or being interrupted while in the air (such as being hit by attacks).

Types of Plunges

There are different types for plunging attack; normal (labeled as Plunge DMG), Low, and High Plunge. Each gives different multipliers.

  • The regular plunge's attack power is comparable to the standard consecutive strikes in Normal Attack. It is achieved when the character plunges right on top of the enemy, which also causes a second instance of damage as either Low or High Plunge damage.
  • Low Plunge is two times more potent than the normal one. Any plunging attack done little above the ground is considered a Low Plunge, these can be achieved through natural reliefs, ramps and similar.
  • High Plunge is around 20% stronger than the Low. They can be achieved by plunging from greater heights. Xiao's Elemental Burst and Kazuha's Elemental Skill are examples of abilities that allow the player to reach heights suitable for High Plunges.
    • Moreover, any melee weapon (sword, claymore, polearm) plunging attack can break Geo shields, Geo Constructs, and ores faster upon impact.
    • When the character is 2.4 meters above ground, they will perform a High Plunge.[1]

Plunging can also cause a certain amount of Poise damage, capable of stunning and staggering enemies.

Plunging Attack Modification

Talents

These are talents that grant additional effects to plunges (besides Elemental Infusions, which also infuse plunging attacks). Note that Xiao not taking fall damage from Plunging is part of his Normal Attack Whirlwind Thrust. 3 Talents match the category selection:

Character Name Description Type
Xiao Xiao Bane of All Evil Bane of All Evil Xiao dons the Yaksha Mask that set gods and demons trembling millennia ago.

Yaksha's Mask
  • Greatly increases Xiao's jumping ability.
  • Increases his attack AoE and attack DMG.
  • Converts attack DMG into Anemo DMG, which cannot be overridden by any other elemental infusion.

In this state, Xiao will continuously lose HP.
The effects of this skill end when Xiao leaves the field.

Elemental Burst
Kaedehara Kazuha Kaedehara Kazuha Chihayaburu Chihayaburu Unleashes a secret technique as fierce as the rushing wind that pulls objects and opponents towards Kazuha's current position before launching opponents within the AoE, dealing Anemo DMG and lifting Kazuha into the air on a rushing gust of wind.
Within 10s of remaining airborne after casting Chihayaburu, Kazuha can unleash a powerful Plunging Attack known as Midare Ranzan.

Press
Can be used in mid-air.

Hold
Charges up before unleashing greater Anemo DMG over a larger AoE than Press Mode.

Plunging Attack: Midare Ranzan
When a Plunging Attack is performed using the effects of the Elemental Skill Chihayaburu, Plunging Attack DMG is converted to Anemo DMG. On landing, Kazuha creates a small wind tunnel via a secret blade technique that pulls in nearby objects and opponents.
Midare Ranzan's DMG is considered Plunging Attack DMG.
Elemental Skill
Kaedehara Kazuha Kaedehara Kazuha Soumon Swordsmanship Soumon Swordsmanship If Chihayaburu comes into contact with Hydro/Pyro/Cryo/Electro when cast, Chihayaburu will absorb that element and if Plunging Attack: Midare Ranzan is used before the effect expires, it will deal an additional 200% ATK of the absorbed elemental type as DMG. This will be considered Plunging Attack DMG.
Elemental Absorption may only occur once per use of Chihayaburu.
1st Ascension Passive

Constellations

These are constellations that grant additional special abilities to plunges.

No Constellations match the category selection.

Plunging Attack Damage Increase

Talents

Percentage

2 Talents match the category selection:

Character Name Description Type
Xiao Xiao Bane of All Evil Bane of All Evil Xiao dons the Yaksha Mask that set gods and demons trembling millennia ago.

Yaksha's Mask
  • Greatly increases Xiao's jumping ability.
  • Increases his attack AoE and attack DMG.
  • Converts attack DMG into Anemo DMG, which cannot be overridden by any other elemental infusion.

In this state, Xiao will continuously lose HP.
The effects of this skill end when Xiao leaves the field.

Elemental Burst
Shenhe Shenhe Spirit Communion Seal Spirit Communion Seal After Shenhe uses Spring Spirit Summoning, she will grant all nearby party members the following effects:
  • Press: Elemental Skill and Elemental Burst DMG increased by 15% for 10s.
  • Hold: Normal, Charged, and Plunging Attack DMG increased by 15% for 15s.
4th Ascension Passive

Flat

1 Talent matches the category selection:

Character Name Description Type
Zhongli Zhongli Dominance of Earth Dominance of Earth Zhongli deals bonus DMG based on his Max HP: 4th Ascension Passive

Constellations

Percentage

3 Constellations match the category selection:

Character Name Description Level
Albedo Albedo Descent of Divinity Descent of Divinity Active party members within the Solar Isotoma field have their Plunging Attack DMG increased by 30%. 4
Kaedehara Kazuha Kaedehara Kazuha Crimson Momiji Crimson Momiji After using Chihayaburu or Kazuha Slash, Kaedehara Kazuha gains an Anemo Infusion for 5s. Additionally, each point of Elemental Mastery will increase the DMG dealt by Kaedehara Kazuha's Normal, Charged, and Plunging Attacks by 0.2%. 6
Thoma Thoma Burning Heart Burning Heart When a Blazing Barrier is obtained or refreshed, the DMG dealt by all party members' Normal, Charged, and Plunging Attacks is increased by 15% for 6s. 6

Weapons

These weapons can modify Plunging Attack damage specifically. For weapons that boost all DMG in general, see Damage Bonus.

1 Weapon matches the category selection:

Icon Name Rarity Base ATK (Max) 2nd Stat (Max) Passive Ability
Weapon Freedom-Sworn.png Freedom-Sworn 5 Stars 46
(608)
Elemental Mastery 43
(198)
Revolutionary Chorale
A part of the "Millennial Movement" that wanders amidst the winds.
Increases DMG by 10~20%.
When the character wielding this weapon triggers Elemental Reactions, they gain a Sigil of Rebellion. This effect can be triggered once every 0.5s and can be triggered even if said character is not on the field.
When you possess 2 Sigils of Rebellion, all of them will be consumed and all nearby party members will obtain "Millennial Movement: Song of Resistance" for 12s.
"Millennial Movement: Song of Resistance" increases Normal, Charged, and Plunging Attack DMG by 16~32% and increases ATK by 20~40%. Once this effect is triggered, you will not gain Sigils of Rebellion for 20s.
Of the many effects of the "Millennial Movement," buffs of the same type will not stack.

Artifacts

1 Artifact Set matches the category selection:

Set Rarity Pieces Bonuses
Shimenawa's Reminiscence 4-5★ Entangling BloomShaft of RemembranceMorning Dew's MomentHopeful HeartCapricious Visage 2 Piece: ATK +18%
4 Piece: When casting an Elemental Skill, if the character has 15 or more Energy, they lose 15 Energy and Normal/Charged/Plunging Attack DMG is increased by 50% for 10s. This effect will not trigger again during that duration.

Domains

Some events and domains granted special bonuses to plunging or were centered around plunging.

Plunging AoE

The following table documents the AoE, poise damage, and impulse of plunging attacks. In general, the AoE and force of the Plunging Attack depends on the plunging height and weapon type. Mid-air refers to the Plunge damage done to targets mid-air (before hitting the ground).[2]

Character Ability Poise Damage Impulse Level Radius (meters)
Most Sword Characters Plunging Attacks (Mid-Air) 25 2 1
Plunging Attacks (Low Impact) 100 4 3
Plunging Attacks (High Impact) 150 7 5
Most Claymore Characters Plunging Attacks (Mid-Air) 35 2 1
Plunging Attacks (Low Impact) 150 4 3
Plunging Attacks (High Impact) 200 7 5
Most Polearm Characters Plunging Attacks (Mid-Air) 25 2 1
Plunging Attacks (Low Impact) 100 4 3
Plunging Attacks (High Impact) 150 7 5
Xiao (with burst)[3] Plunging Attacks (Mid-Air) 37.5 2 1
Plunging Attacks (Low Impact) 150 4 4
Plunging Attacks (High Impact) 225 7 6
Most Catalyst Characters Plunging Attacks (Mid-Air) 5 2 1.5
Plunging Attacks (Low Impact) 50 3 3
Plunging Attacks (High Impact) 100 4 3.5
Most Bow Characters Plunging Attacks (Mid-Air) 10 2 1
Plunging Attacks (Low Impact) 50 2 3
Plunging Attacks (High Impact) 100 3 3.5

Notes

  • The Plunging Attack has sometimes been referred to as the Cannonball as in the Contending Tides challenge (Art of the Cannonball).
  • The community term Dragonstrike (Chinese: 登龙剑 "Climbing-Dragon Sword") refers to the ability of melee characters, especially tall claymore characters, to gain additional height by using the extra momentum gained by hit lag when hitting an entity to jump high enough to perform a plunging attack. The term has specifically been used to refer to Diluc performing plunging attacks and has less commonly been called the Xiaoluc (a portmanteau of Xiao and Diluc).
    • Footstooling is a different method from dragonstriking, and involves the character jumping on an entity whose hitbox, upon collision, will allow the player to jump high enough to perform a plunging attack. This method, unlike Dragonstrike, is not limited to melee characters.
  • Xiao can perform a plunging attack no matter his height above the ground after using his Elemental Skill, Lemniscatic Wind Cycling, and will never take plunge damage. Kazuha can also ignore plunging attack height requirements for 10s after using Chihayaburu.
  • While in his Foul Legacy: Raging Tide stance, Tartaglia is unable to perform plunging attacks.
  • While in the Takimeguri Kanka state, Kamisato Ayato is unable to perform plunging attacks.
  • One can use Keqing's Stellar Restoration to teleport to a high location and then plunging attack.
  • One of Yae Miko's tails briefly appears at the end of her plunging attack.
  • Bow users fire a rain of arrows as part of their plunging attack.
  • There is a glitch where characters can "infinite-plunge" attack on certain objects. That is, plunging on some things will cause one to enter a state of perpetual plunging, never passing through the object to reach the ground, with the spiraling plunging animation in limbo. This happens with polearm users and other characters as well.
  • Hitting an opponent with a Plunging Attack after plunging for more than 5 seconds grants the player the "Geronimo!" achievement.

Other Languages

LanguageOfficial NameLiteral Meaning
EnglishPlunging Attack
Chinese
(Simplified)
下落攻击
Xiàluò Gōngjí
Falling Attack
Chinese
(Traditional)
下落攻擊
Xiàluò Gōngjí
Japanese落下攻撃
Rakka Kougeki
Falling Attack
Korean낙하 공격
Nakha Gonggyeok
Falling Attack
SpanishAtaque Descendente
FrenchAttaque plongeantePlunging Attack
RussianАтака в падении
Ataka v padenii
Thaiการโจมตีพุ่งลงจากอากาศ
Kan Chomti Phung Long Chak Akat
VietnameseTấn công khi đápAttack when landing
GermanAngriff aus dem FallAttack from the Plunge
IndonesianPlunging Attack
PortugueseAtaque Imersivo

Change History

Released in Version 1.0

References

  1. Community Article, Interruption Resistance: Data
  2. Community Article, Interruption Resistance, Data: Plunging Attacks
  3. Source Data: Xiao

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